Hi all! New member coming out of lurkdom here. I'm looking for some advice, wise words, and encouragement. I've been scouring this board and the 'PHM 2014' thread for several days now and the support around here is palpable. So here I am, nervous, but ready to reach out and ask for help. I hope to make this short and sweet but apologize if it gets a bit rambly along the way. Here goes... Over the past two years, I've worked diligently to better myself and my health through weight loss and exercise. Along the way, I dropped 65 pounds but re-gained 40 after a scary health setback last summer. I've recently been cleared to resume my goals and have managed to say goodbye to 12 of those re-gained pounds! Best of all, I'm off my medication and feeling on top of the world. I'm still 65 pounds from my goal weight but with each passing day, that number is shrinking and so am I! Lately I've felt compelled to raise the bar and challenge myself. A co-worker suggested I look into the PHM and at first, I thought she was out of her mind. Me? Run? Only in my dreams! So here I sit, over a week has passed, and I'm having a serious change of heart. I WANT to do this! But CAN I?! Is it possible to go from a non-runner to tackling the PHM in less than 8 months? My heart says absolutely but my mind says to slow down and really think about things. I have the time and desire to commit to a training schedule (eyeing Jeff Galloway's plan). I'm ready for self-empowerment... I'm ready to challenge myself and break free of my comfort zone... I'm ready to prove to myself that I CAN do this! I AM capable! My dreams have been filled with PHM goodness the last two nights in a row. No joke, it's consuming my thoughts because I'm THAT passionate about it. For the first time since becoming a mother four years ago, I'm ready to commit to myself. I haven't made a lot of time for myself lately and I'm feeling there's no better time than NOW to change that. I can already visualize myself crossing the finish line and running up to my husband and daughter with a medal around my neck. Here is where my problem lies... I have cold feet about pulling the trigger on registration. The money is there, the desire is there. But so is the doubt. And I'm not even sure what I'm doubting! I think it's just been SO long since I've committed to something solely for ME and it feels a bit awkward. This is where I turn to you for advice and encouragement. Please share with me some words of encouragement, some personal stories, some advice. I'm all ears! Thanks for reading and I'm sorry it got so long. ~Kelly UPDATE: See page 2!